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Maskers perform horror shorts 'Tales From the Muck'

Sep 25, 2020
Photo by: Erik Perkins From left are Monicque Deschamps, Melora Norman and Erica Rubin-Irish in rehearsal for "A Voice From The Cold."

Belfast — Fresh off the heels of its sold-out production of “Five Socially-Distanced Comedies," Belfast Maskers is taking a darker turn with “Tales From the Muck," an anthology of short horror plays. Presented on the last two weekends of October, the shows will be performed outside of the theater at 17 Court St. with socially-distanced seating in the street.

Local director and actor Erik Perkins decided to organize the production with Maskers artistic director Meg Nickerson after performing in the last show with his wife, Katie Glessner. “We were impressed at how well that event came together. Theater-starved audiences loved it, so I stole the idea and applied it to one of my favorite genres. I always like to do or see something dark or creepy in the fall, so what we’re putting together here is an homage to the old anthology shows like 'Tales of Tomorrow,' 'Twilight Zone,' or Stephen King and George Romero’s film 'Creepshow.'”

“Tales From the Muck” will include five short plays, introduced by the legendary Muck Witch, and featuring a cast of Maskers favorites that will take theatergoers on a journey through the haunted past, the frozen arctic, outer space, and beyond the grave.

All recommended social-distancing and sanitation recommendations will be followed and, as a result, just 45 seats will be available for each evening’s performance and can only be purchased online at Tickets are $10 per person. Audience members should bring their own chairs and dress warmly!

Performances will be Oct. 23, 24, 29 and 30 at 7 p.m., with two shows on Halloween, Oct. 31 — a 5 p.m. show that will be toned down a bit for younger audiences, though parental discretion is still advised — and a final show at 7 p.m.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Amy Slack | Sep 26, 2020 11:56

Wow, awesome!! Just bought 2 tix for the 23rd!!! Looking forward to some live, socially-distanced, masked entertainment in this year of doom!!!! Thanks for soldiering on Maskers!!!

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